16 die in Iraq car blasts
A suicide bomber detonated his pickup truck in a busy gas station north of Baghdad on Saturday and killed 12 people while a second car bomb targeting a convoy of foreigners killed four others in the capital, police said.
Twelve people were wounded and nine cars were destroyed in the gas station bombing in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad, police Lt. Col. Mahmoud Mohammed said.
Earlier, a car bomb went off near an American patrol in Baghdad on Saturday, killing four passersby and wounding four others, Iraq's Interior Ministry said, according to Reuters. The bomb exploded in Qahtan Square, located in western Baghdad.
Meanwhile on Friday, a prosecutor in Saddam Hussein's trial said a key witness in the case has passed away of cancer but his testimony already had been taped for presentation in the proceedings, which are expected to resume Monday.
Wadah Ismael al-Sheik died Oct. 27, four days after talking to court officials, said Jaafar al-Mousawi, the main prosecutor. According to the AP, al-Sheik was a senior Iraqi intelligence officer at the time of the Dujail massacre in 1982 that Saddam and seven other co-defendants are charged with.